Definition of heavy-handed in English:
1Clumsy, insensitive, or overly forceful: heavy-handed policing
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- It is narrative driven, without being heavy-handed or overly literal.
- But protesters claimed they had not come to fight and many accused the police of heavy-handed tactics and attacking them for no reason.
- But Ms Smith, who got caught up in the brawl, said she would be complaining to the police about their heavy-handed approach.
British informal all thumbs, all fingers and thumbs
insensitive, oppressive, overbearing, high-handed, harsh, hard, stern, severe, tyrannical, despotic, autocratic, ruthless, merciless;
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- It is 1980s country house hotel cooking: complicated, rich, protein-intensive, heavy-handedly peppered with foods that shriek out Scottishness.
- I really think it's just an extension of that adolescent need to define one's individuality as heavy-handedly as possible, but specifically in the area of intelligence.
- As an added inducement, it was heavy-handedly hinted that co-operation by Bucharest would assist Romania's ambition to join the European Union.
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- Meanwhile, here in London, events passed off peacefully amidst accusations of police heavy-handedness.
- Critics have been quick to accuse the monolith of Soviet-style heavy-handedness for this particular innovation, but given that the only real inconvenience this poses is making it harder to pirate the stuff, we can't really complain.
- In talking with him before coming on the air, as to what made him switch parties in 1994, and he was saying it was the heavy-handedness of the administration at the time, that of course being President Clinton.
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